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Domain Sales Explode as Buyers Brush Off  Signs of a Slowing Economy
  

What a roller coaster ride the past couple of weeks have been. Last week we witnessed one of the slowest domain sales weeks we've seen in some time. Yesterday former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan said we may see an economic recession by the end of the year and today (Feb. 27) the stock market plunged a breathtaking 416 points in the biggest drop since the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001. So, does that mean the domain market's steady ascent is about to end? From the numbers out this week, we can only say "Forget about it!

In the past seven days, we saw the most five figure or higher sales we have ever seen in a single week - and not just a few more than the previous high - dozens more. We normally have 20-25 sales reported in that range. This week we had 67 of them!

By Ron Jackson

Naturally this makes for an impressive sales chart and it would be even more impressive if 14 of those high dollar sales were not adult names that aren't printable in a mainstream business magazine like ours. A number of major portfolio owners have been dropping their adult and gambling related domains in recent months (some say because the companies that owned them are preparing to go public). As part of that process, an unusually large number of adult domains dropped this week but were quickly scooped up by people who invest in that category. 

To give you a couple of examples, SnapNames.com sold 13 adult domains totalling over $150,000 and Pool.com sold four that added up to $85,000. Even without those specific names listed, we have 53 domains to show you that cracked the $10,000 mark, including a six-figure blockbuster deal for the #1 domain, Refresh.com at $115,000. Adosi Ltd. let that domain go in a private transaction.

At press time, an even bigger sale was about to be closed at SnapNames where FreeHoroscope.com was just auctioned off for $185,259. We don't chart sales until the names are paid for and transferred to the new owner, but the top bidder in that auction has a sterling reputation with SnapNames, so you will undoubtedly see that one at or near the top of our next report. Incidentally, since we will be in Las Vegas all of next week covering the sold out T.R.A.F.F.I.C. West conference, there will be no sales column next week. Instead we will produce a double-length report covering two weeks of sales on Tuesday night, March 13.

But let's not get ahead of ourselves - we have too much ground to cover this week! Our new Top 20 sports 15 .coms, one .net and four ccTLDs. The lone .net soared all the way up to the #4 position thanks to Sedo.com's $52,500 sale of Career.net. The four big country code sales were split between Germany's .de and Sweden's .se. The top German sale was #5 Office.de which went for €38,200 ($50,540), also at Sedo. 

The two Swedish domains on the Big Board were #12 Maklare.se ("broker" in Swedish) at 275,000 krona ($39,366) and #19 Lagenhet.se ("flat" in Swedish) at 200,000 krona ($28,648), with both going in a private transaction. The buyer of those domains was Quality Unlimited AB (QU.com) who also picked up the matching IDN versions, Mäklare.se and Lägenhet.se for 25,000 krona ($3,581) each.

SnapNames piled up more chart entries than any other venue with eight. Sedo and Moniker.com each had a hand in four. Moniker told us they also sold a 3-letter .com for $118,000 that was subject to a non-disclosure agreement, as well a portfolio of 413 domains that totaled $3.5 million (an average of $8,475 per domain). Here's a look at the complete Top 20 for the big week that ended Sunday, Feb. 25:

 

The DN Journal Top 20 
Reported Domain Sales - Mon. Feb. 19, 2007 - Sun. Feb. 25, 2007
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Feb. 27

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Refresh.com $115,000 Pvt Sale
2. PopupBlocker.com $75,000 Pvt Sale
3. Moka.com $72,223 Sedo
4. Career.net $52,500 Sedo
5. Office.de €38,200 = $50,540 Sedo
6. 
tie
Submission.com $42,000 Moniker/Internext
6. 
tie
SexVedio.com (typo) $42,000 SnapNames
8. SexVidoes.com (typo) $41,250 SnapNames
9. Buff.com $40,500 Moniker/Internext
10. BloodTest.com $40,251 SnapNames

11. LatinoPorn.com $40,000 SnapNames
12. Maklare.se
("broker" in Swedish)
275,000 SEK = $39,366 Pvt Sale
13. Villa.de €27,500 = $36,383 Sedo
14. NudeBollywood.com $35,250 SnapNames
15. Dressy.com $34,501 Moniker/
DomainSystems
16.
tie
Hentei.com $30,250 SnapNames
16.
tie
BollywoodNude.com $30,250 SnapNames
18. XXXCams.com $30,000 Moniker/Internext
19. Lagenhet.se
("flat" in Swedish)
200,000 SEK = $28,648 Pvt Sale
20. FruitGiftBaskets.com $26,250 SnapNames

Keep in mind that these are the highest value sales that have been reported to us in the past week. This column is meant to be an educational tool, not a complete list documenting ALL high value domain sales. Such a list is impossible to produce because many sales are kept private at the insistence of buyers, sellers or both.

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

.Com Supporting Cast

We have 32 more five-figure sales to show you from this sensational sales week and 30 of those are .coms (you'll also see another five-figure .net and a ccTLD in the same range from Spain in the Global Contenders and Country Codes sections coming up shortly). On the .com side of the ledger, SnapNames accounted for 14 more of those those high value sales including BigNaturalBreasts.com ($26,000), AmatuerVideos.com (typo at $25,250) and FreePornoMovie.com ($22,250)

SnapNames also sold typos Tittes.com ($19,305) and Voyeour.com ($16,250) alongside NipplePiercing.com ($15,250) and BollywoodNudes.com ($13,750). NiftyStories.com clicked for $12,250, FreeNudeCelebrity.com sold for $11,750, AdHoc.com added $12,262 and CuteButts.com attracted $11,250. ThongBabes.com drew $10,750 while BondageArt.com and BeautifulButts.com banked $10,000 each.

At Sedo, Makkah.com kicked in $25,000, 1P.com provided $20,500 and CarGame.com contributed £10,000 ($19,627). C6.com sewed up €11,000 ($14,557) while AmateurClips.com and 3000.com connected for $12,000 each.

In other sales from the Moniker/Internext auction, Behind.com brought $13,000, Sucked.com, AmateurPictures.com and HotLips.com landed $12,000 each and two others; PornClub.com and EmergencyClinic.com, dispensed $11,000 each. 

Elsewhere, Pool sold typo PornVidios.com for $15,000 and BollywoodBabes.com for $10,600. Yoob.com went for $12,500 at Hardworking.com and TDNAM.com corralled $10,013 for Chiu.com.

Based on the big sales you have already seen, SnapNames could have just closed up early and called it a great week, but they just kept pouring it on with dozens of solid four-figure sales. NylonStocking.com snagged $9,100, PuertoRicanGirls.com rounded up $8,988 and LatinasXXX.com delivered $8,700. CelebritiesSex.com and BiologyNews.com notched $8,100 each, SublimeDirectories.com found $7,600 and HardcoreJunkies.com hauled in $7,400.

WomanWrestling.com pinned $7,277, AutoInvoice.com billed $6,955 and NaturalBreastEnhancement.com discovered $6,777. CharlesDarwin.com checked in with $6,766, Xmax.com commanded $6,211 and USPublicRecords.com returned $6,099. BadmintonClub.com captured $6,000, TeenChatLines.com tacked on $5,744 and WriterMagazine.com reeled in $5,700. ArtisticNude.com uncovered $5,655 while MusicJunkies.com and MurderInc.com made $5,600 each.

SnapNames had 69 more .com sales ranging from $2,000 to just over $5,300. You can check those out in the table below:

 Additional SnapNames Sales Between $2,000-$5,400
amaturepage.com $5,312   underwearmodels.com $2,877
matureamateur.com $5,300 japantravelguide.com $2,877
freetitpics.com $5,200 firesuit.com $2,877
aspencreek.com $5,200 seniorcitizenhome.com $2,800
gaygroups.com $5,166 antonellic.com $2,702
nxxn.com $5,000 wintop.com $2,700
comayagua.com $4,978 comotors.com $2,660
driveme.com $4,766 clubnitelife.com $2,651
donlapre.com $4,550 gprx.com $2,650
voilier.com $4,421 xxxthumb.com $2,600
productpackaging.com $4,200 brightchild.com $2,600
puertoricanwomen.com $4,100 amaturewives.com $2,600
pizzacutter.com $4,009 sewinglessons.com $2,506
nudistclubs.com $4,000 lapdancersonline.com $2,450
gzc.com $3,802 retrobike.com $2,350
wetshirts.com $3,800 nylonpanties.com $2,250
biloxicasinos.com $3,700 sex-positions.com $2,238
websitemd.com $3,600 dushanbe.com $2,223
only-maps.com $3,600 elelec.com $2,200
motorcycleads.com $3,500 entertainmentshop.com $2,152
diablodealer.com $3,500 culturalanthropology.com $2,149
cutemodel.com $3,500 xn--mgbfw4a5b.com   
ف.com
("get acquainted" in Arabic)
$2,050
ribose.com $3,450 usrings.com $2,050
theredbaron.com $3,436 uniquecollectibles.com $2,050
arizonamedia.com $3,400 italconsmiami.com $2,050
whis.com $3,200 aseanfootball.com $2,050
orgasmsounds.com $3,166 accesshentai.com $2,050
fifthestate.com $3,124 babesinbikinis.com $2,049
internationalmovies.com $3,109 cdsleeve.com $2,038
xn--mgbfbs2ig4a.com    
ديات.com
("forums" in Arabic)
$3,100 greatrealtors.com $2,025
hunyellowpage.com $3,100 incometaxoffice.com $2,020
eurobanc.com $3,000 1711.com $2,013
elmirabank.com $3,000 pallis.com $2,005
thumbnailporn.com $2,900 wonderboy.com $2,000
  customfitgolfclub.com $2,000

At BuyDomains.com, CallCheap.com rang up $8,500, LiveGoals.com reached $7,750 and OnTheRocks.com racked up $7,500. Fuser.com found $7,000, Otthon.com tallied $6,500 and MovieQuest.com seated $5,600. Other winners included FNIB.com ($5,500), LanguageOnline.com ($4,900) and a pair at $4,488 each; SalesMotivation.com and RMCH.com

e-Xperience.com extracted $4,088, GolfPartners.com chipped in $4,000 and PlatinumInternet.com posted $3,900. Zagg.com and FreeWatch.com went for $3,888 each while Walki.com wound up at $3,688. BuyDomains had 52 more .com sales ranging from $2,000 to $3,500. You can review those in the table below.

Additional BuyDomain Sales Between $2,000-$3,500
newmagazine.com $3,500   usahomeauction.com $2,488
leatherapparel.com $3,500 theessentialguide.com $2,488
lasvegaschoppers.com $3,500 max-well.com $2,488
snutt.com $3,475 marbleaccessories.com $2,488
eatsmarter.com $3,288 gratitudejournal.com $2,488
opensourcesecurity.com $3,088 findaservice.com $2,488
dappertutto.com $3,088 ethernetcable.com $2,400
musthaves.com $3,000 allandall.com $2,400
motorizedwheelchair.com $3,000 saintpauls.com $2,370
channel79.com $3,000 tredex.com $2,288
airindustries.com $3,000 peopleschart.com $2,288
vepco.com $2,888 aerospacedesign.com $2,288
advertisingprograms.com $2,888 swankinteriors.com $2,233
fashionoutlets.com $2,700 landmarklending.com $2,210
procise.com $2,688 rikka.com $2,115
marketingcampaigns.com $2,688 indigoworld.com $2,100
clearfunds.com $2,688 throughthekeyhole.com $2,088
marketingcampaign.com $2,600 stellarsound.com $2,088
livereview.com $2,600 lastmilewireless.com $2,088
coachingforsuccess.com $2,600 crystalalchemy.com $2,088
vibrationtesting.com $2,500 thebeststore.com $2,000
starplanet.com $2,500 kidspajamas.com $2,000
mytrivita.com $2,500 gamersforum.com $2,000
innerspark.com $2,500 environmentaltesting.com $2,000
animatedfilms.com $2,500 eaststar.com $2,000
ushomeauction.com $2,488 channel49.com $2,000

BuyDomains also piled up more than 150 additional .com sales ranging from $1,900 all the way down to $388. Their Name Media sister site, Afternic.com, sold StoryRocket.com and FreeYourData.com for $5,000 each. KFFG.com connected for $3,475, WorldOfRugs.com unrolled $2,750 and IDSecurity.com identified $2,000

Back at Sedo, BookDepository.com unpacked £5,000 ($9,812), Beto.com brought €6,300 ($8,336), IPPhones.com called for $5,200 and MerlinNet.com plugged in $4,500.

In other Moniker/Internext auction sales, FuneralParlor.com produced $7,000, Boned.com $6,000 and Restraint.com $5,000. AsianMales.com took in $4,500, WashboardAbs.com crunched $3,000 and BusinessPermits.com penciled in $2,750. SexualFantasy.com dreamed up $2,500, NetworkingDevices.com and HollywoodEscortService.com sold for $2,250 each and Etits.com added $2,200. Moniker also closed 11 more adult sales from the Internext auction that totaled about $70,000

Elsewhere, Pool supplemented their top sales with CartoonsXXX.com ($6,300), CelebsPorn.com ($5,300), FitnessBabe.com ($5,093) and FemalePornStars.com ($3,283). At TDNAM, LiveGoldPrices.com unlocked $3,708, E-C.com drew $3,634 and Waytech.com tacked on $3,006. At Enom's Club Drop, RumCakes.com soaked up $4,100

Global Contenders (.biz, .info, .mobi, .net & .org)

.Net ran its winning streak to four straight weeks, topping the Global Contenders chart with Career.net, sold for $52,500 at Sedo. .Net also took the 2nd and 3rd slots with Bondage.net (sold for $11,000 at Moniker/DomainSystems) and ESD.net (sold for $7,500 at BuyDomains). Overall, .net swept 9 of the 20 chart positions, easily outdistancing .org and .mobi who had four apiece.

.Info scored twice, led by #4 Rental.info which changed hands for $7,000 at DNForum.com.Biz also got on the board with #10 Advent.biz, a domain that drew $3,500 at Afternic. Despite being a new extension, .mobi keeps piling up a steady stream of sales. The leaders for the mobile device extension this week were Aspen.mobi and Vail.mobi, names that sold for $5,000 each at Moniker/DomainSystems.

Here's how all of the GC top sellers stacked up for the week ending February 25:



Global Contenders Top 20
 Highest Reported Non .Com Global TLD  Sales 
(.Net, .Org, .Biz & .Info) Mon. Feb. 19, 2007 - Sun. Feb. 25, 2007
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Feb. 27

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Career.net $52,500 Sedo
2.  Bondage.net $11,000 Moniker/
DomainSystems
3.  ESD.net $7,500 BuyDomains
4. Rental.info $7,000 DNForum
5.
tie
Blondes.org $5,500 Moniker/
DomainSystems
5.
tie
Anal.org  $5,500 Moniker/
DomainSystems
7.
tie
Aspen.mobi $5,000 Moniker/
DomainSystems
7.
tie
Vail.mobi $5,000 Moniker/
DomainSystems
9. NYDailyNews.mobi $4,000 Afternic
10. Advent.biz $3,500 Afternic

11. Fuser.net $3,488 BuyDomains
12. JVZ.net $3,333 Sedo
13. IPSA.org $3,288 BuyDomains
14. KDC.net $3,245 SnapNames
15. Odessa.info €2,300 = $3,044 Sedo
16.
tie
Languages.net $3,000 Afternic
16.
tie
CES.mobi $3,000 Afternic
16.
tie
Blister.net $3,000 BuyDomains
19. OAC.net $2,322 SnapNames
20. E-Mail.org €1,750 = $2,316 Sedo

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

There were 49 more four-figure GC sales off the chart and BuyDomains accounted for the majority of those, ringing up 27 additional transactions at that level. Those are all listed in the table below:

Additional BuyDomains Four Figure Global Contenders Sales 
homebuyers.org $2,300   secureworld.net $1,400
museek.net $2,288 enermax.net $1,400
microtouch.net $2,100 homestars.net $1,300
freecell.net $2,000 privatelife.net $1,200
netledger.net $1,945 iftheshoefits.net $1,200
wesave.net $1,888 globalhealthcare.org $1,200
zooplus.net $1,500 bumper2bumper.net $1,200
callcheap.net $1,500 musicteachers.net $1,100
bionature.net $1,500 europecenter.org $1,088
arteast.org $1,500 railtour.net $1,000
riverlab.net $1,488 heritagehealth.net $1,000
processpartners.net $1,488 golfpartners.net $1,000
peopleschart.net $1,488 constitutionalist.org $1,000
familyfood.net $1,488  

SnapNames booked 14 more four-figure sales in this category including Inet2002.org and Alvarado.net at $2,050 each. DodgeDart.org drove off with $1,650, WMG.net notched $1,605 and TheTeachingCommission.org contributed $1,566. Their other .org winners included TABD.org ($1,200), CampusOfTheFuture.org ($1,105) and ResolveNJ.org ($1,100).

On the .net side of the ledger, SnapNames added ExposingMyself.net ($1,455), USVisa.net ($1,350) and MarketShare.net ($1,225). They also parted with Guests.net ($1,210), Reikimaster.net ($1,150) and EQZ.net ($1,015)

Sedo's GC roster included 300.mobi ($2,200), PropertyWorld.net ($1,888), PayPerCall.mobi ($1,600) and Ferrum.org at €1,200 ($1,588). Moniker/DomainSystems sold Sodomy.net for $2,000 and GayMen.org for $1,000. Pool deposited $1,600 for Deadline.net and TDNAM took in $1,355 for Native-Net.org

Country Codes

It was a big week for the country codes as we saw the two biggest ccTLD sales so far in 2007 with Office.de at €38,200 = $50,540 and Maklare.se ("broker" in Swedish) at 275,000 SEK  ($39,366). Germany's .de had more chart entries that any other extension with six. Sweden's .se, Spain's .es and the European Union's .eu each had four. Yell.es gave Spain a very nice €10,000 ($13,230) sale at Sedo, a venue that claimed 15 of the 20 chart positions.

The only other countries represented on the ccTLD leader board this week were Great Britain with #13 Bankrupt.co.uk, sold on Ebay for £1,495 ($2,934) and the Congo with #20 Travel.cd at €1,550 ($2,051). Here's a look at the complete Country Code chart for the week ending February 25:



Country Code Top Sellers
 Highest Reported ccTLD  Sales: Mon. Feb. 19, 2007 - Sun. Feb. 25, 2007
Euro to Dollar Conversion (€ to $) is Based on Rates in Effect Tue. Feb. 27

  Domain

Sold For

Where Sold
1. Office.de €38,200 = $50,540 Sedo
2.  Maklare.se
("broker" in Swedish)
275,000 SEK = $39,366 Pvt Sale
3. Villa.de  €27,500 = $36,383 Sedo
4. Lagenhet.se
("flat" in Swedish)
200,000 SEK = $28,648 Pvt Sale
5. Yell.es €10,000 = $13,230 Sedo
6. Gogen.eu €4,050 = $5,359 Sedo
7.
tie
Yell.com.es €4,000 = $5,293 Sedo
7.
tie
OnlineFlirten.de €4,000 = $5,293 Sedo
9. Pair.eu $4,300 Sedo
10.
tie
Mäklare.se (IDN)
("broker" in Swedish)
25,000 SEK = $3,581 Pvt Sale
10.
tie
Lägenhet.se (IDN)
("flat" in Swedish)
25,000 SEK = $3,581 Pvt Sale

12. Sunseeker.es €2,500 = $3,308 Sedo
13. Bankrupt.co.uk £1,495 = $2,934 Ebay
14. Tragaperra.es €1,980 = $2,620 Sedo
15.
tie
SSBD.de €1,700 = $2,250 Sedo
15.
tie
Kreditmarktplatz.de
("credit marketplace" in German)
€1,700 = $2,250 Sedo
17.
tie
Stromlieferant.de €1,600 = $2,117 Sedo
17.
tie
Energiesparen.eu €1,600 = $2,117 Sedo
17.
tie
Altenpflege.eu
("senior citizen's care" in German)
€1,600 = $2,117 Sedo
20. Travel.cd €1,550 = $2,051 Sedo

CLICK HERE for our Year-To-Date Charts.

There were seven more four-figure ccTLD sales just off the chart, led by Accidents.us, a name that went for $2,010 at Moniker/DomainSystems. Another United States domain, CCT.us, attracted $1,500 at Afternic.

Sedo had three additional sales at this level: Detaurum.eu at €1,500 ($1,985), JuniorShop.de at €1,272 ($1,683) and Archivos.tv at $1,000. In another .tv sale, Rob Sequin added Varadero.tv to his Cuban geo domain collection for $1,000 in a private sale. Meanwhile, Pool posted a $1,450 sale with MovieNetwork.ca (Canadian country code). 

Now that you're up to date on what happened over the past week, check out how the leaders stand year to date in all categories by visiting our Year To Date Charts page.

*****

As always, we welcome all verifiable sales reports from companies, private sellers or individuals with knowledge of an important sale made through any channel. To contribute information and help make this column better,  just drop a note to editor@dnjournal.com.

We truly appreciate the industry leading companies who share their sales information with us to help everyone in the business get a handle on current domain values. Richard Meyer of DotCom Group, LLC also provides invaluable help in collecting data for these sales reports each week.

Every Tuesday we publish the highest reported domain name sales for the previous week. On Monday our contributors send us their sales data for the previous 7 days. We then compile that information and write this report for Tuesday night publication to give you the freshest sales report in the industry. 

Editor's Note: If you wish to review previous Domain Sales columns, they are available in our Archive.


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